I am Mike Bates,early 90's video game box cover artist for Nintendo, Sega and Microprose and a 25 year veteran of the industry.I will be doing an AMA, (Sun, 3/6) 4pm. The wild days,the art, the companies I worked for and the games I've worked on. ...
Ever since graduating from the Maryland Institute of Art in 1982 with a degree in graphic design and illustration, Mike has worked as an artist. From a five year stint doing architectural rendering to a lucrative freelance art career, Mike has successfully navigated the stormy seas of making a rewarding career as an artist. After being a freelance artist for such companies as Nintendo, Micro Prose, Sega, Goddard Space Flight Center and Westinghouse, his path led him to become a full time artist at Microprose software where he became Project Art Director on many successful video games such as; Across the Rhine, M1 Tank Platoon II and Gunship! He then transitioned to Firaxis software, where he has worked on Civilization based titles, including being Project Art Director for Colonization, Gods and Kings, and Brave New World, and Beyond Earth.
Currently, he is at Firaxis in game development and continues to freelance as his time permits. He spends his down time working on his farm with his family, where they keep chickens, goats, honeybees and orchards.